Mark Steil

Mark Steil

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
msteil@mpr.org

Mark Steil is based in Worthington, Minn., covering major changes in the economy and society of rural Minnesota for MPR News. Steil has worked for Minnesota Public Radio since 1978. Agriculture has been a major focus of his reporting; he's covered everything from the farm crisis of the 1980s to the corporate makeover of agriculture in the 1990s. Steil has also reported on population changes in southwest Minnesota, including the aging of rural Minnesota and the growth of minority populations there over the last decade. He is a big fan of history. Among his stories: the famous Armistice Day storm of 1940 and the story behind the Floyd of Rosedale trophy.

Mark Steil Feature Archive

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An MPR News investigation shows that several hundred Minnesota farmers are probably pumping groundwater to irrigate their crops without required permits, making it harder for the state to understand and regulate what's happening to a water resource increasingly seen as vulnerable. (04/07/2014)
A meeting in Greenbush, Minn. on Thursday evening will look at possible changes in the state's elk management plan that expires at the end of next year. (03/09/2014)
The cost of oats is going up, and a big reason is because it's difficult getting a rail shipment of oats from Canada. (03/02/2014)
Minnesota's largest rural water system says its facing a "phenomenal" problem with frozen water pipes. (02/27/2014)
The nation's largest agricultural organization, the American Farm Bureau Federation, launched a major effort this month to influence the immigration debate. The group is pushing for a guest worker program to help furnish the labor for California vegetable farms to Midwest dairy operations. (02/23/2014)
Corn farmers in the upper Midwest have seen record profits in the last three years. But those good times appear to be over. The huge harvest last fall caused corn prices to tumble by nearly half from more than $7 bushel. (02/07/2014)
The number of Minnesota hog barns with the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, increased 14 percent over the past week, representing an additional 50 cases confirmed. (02/06/2014)
Other Minnesota schools dealing with budget deficits include Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Winona State, and the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Enrollment shortfalls are a common problem at all the schools. (01/31/2014)
U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, a Democrat who represents Minnesota's 7th District, said it was the most difficult farm bill he's ever worked on. The Senate is expected to pass the farm bill next week, and President Barack Obama has said he'll sign it. (01/29/2014)
University of Minnesota researchers have developed a test that will tell whether a hog has been exposed to the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus and if it can fight off the disease. (01/27/2014)
In the last month, the number of cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea in Minnesota increased by almost two-thirds. The disease has been found in about 300 hog barns across the state. (01/26/2014)
A Minnesota native will find out if she wins another Grammy. (01/26/2014)
The news is a relief for Alejandro Cruz Blanco, Simon Cruz Perez, and for hundreds of supporters in the town of St. James, Minn. who rallied behind them. Cruz Blanco, right, received a kidney transplant four years ago. His doctor described a return to Mexico as "certain death" for him. (01/07/2014)
The plant in Le Sueur, Minn. uses tiny organisms to break down a a slurry of corn silage and manure to create methane gas to fuel four electricity generators that will send eight megawatts directly to the city's distribution system. (01/05/2014)
Local leaders in southwestern Minnesota cheered when tractor manufacturer AGCO announced plans to expand operations and add jobs. Then the worrying began: Where would the new workers live? (12/25/2013)